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in Students v O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Wildcats sweep Wolverines see page 5 flexed acting chops for audition see page 4 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 69 ISSUE 11 pignpos Students need to show manners for scholarships By Mana Villasenor news editor The Signpost Some say the art of writing thank-you letters is dying. With the help of the Weber State University Scholarship Office, that nicety is getting a new breath of life. Students who received a scholarship from a private donor not from an academic college or the university won't get their tuition paid off until they write a thank-you note to their donors. "So yeah, we're trying to bring back some courtesy, you know," said Sharon Judd, WSU scholarship evaluator, noting one of the reasons for the condition. The thank-you letters have always been a requirement, according to Judd, except they were difficult to track in the past, so no one really enforced it. The university switched to a new computer program called Lynx Banner two years ago that allows the scholarship office to make a tnanK-you card necessary. This is the first year the office has been able to entorce tne letter-writing, and uddsaid PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MATT GLASS THE SIGNPOST students were notified in their scholarship award contracts that they needed to write a letter and bring it in to the office in the Student Services Building. There was no deadline for writing the letter, but scholarship money won't be available until Judd's office receives a thank-you card for the donors. "It will get stricter as the years go on," she cautioned, "as students get used to doing more on their student portal." A late-payment fee has appeared on some students' tuition and fees receipt if their scholarship money was hanging because a letter was not written. Judd said students would not have to pay that late fee if they bring in a thank-you card. "Just tell a little about themselves and thank them," she said of the letter's contents. Other details students can also include are their expected graduation dates and future plans, Judd added. "These donors give us money," she said, "and they want to know, kind of, who's using their scholarship and what they're doing and a little bit about them." None of WSU anthropology junior Seleste Sanchez's scholarships for this year are from private donors, but she did have one last year. "I was just so excited that out of the group they choose me," she said. "So it was just, kind of a little letter telling them who I am, how I got to where I am at and what my goals are so that they know that their money was well spent. Just to tell them how much I appreciated being awarded that scholarship." She didn't need to write that letter to pay for her tuition last year, and she said students ,: should personally choose to thank their donors. r - X 1 don t think it should be required; I mean, A 'thank you' is a 'thank you,'" Sanchez said. "I think suggesting is a really good idea. I think people should do it, but I don't think it should be required." Clinical laboratory science freshman Cassandra Spaulding said she thinks the requirement is good so that students are grateful to their scholarship benefactors. She wrote and turned in her thank-you letter before the semester started when she saw the notice in her scholarship contract. "Gratitude is always great anywhere you go," Spaulding said,addingthatit'simportant "that the donors feel that their money is going to a good use and that they know that the students are appreciative." You can reach reporter Maria Villasenor by calling 626-7655. F7X f) U f if " r Li V. n n n a nn I 1 t I f i r . KM ?7 mm m Mm fl mum mmm V--"" ""7 iv. I -mts OF Isrc I -mm m t WAR CRIME; awl Y israel Land sWlcr '..k, ' tree k;,eRS- v Y ' , " ... A PHOTOS BY DEBORAH RAMSAY THE SIGNPOST (Above) President George W. Bush walks down the stairs of Air Force One in Salt Lake City International Airport Aug. 30. Bush arrived to speak to the American Legion convention. Several demonstrations and rallies in support or against the president were held Wednesday, including a "Death to Israel" sign shown inset. Though the language of the "Death to Israel" display might sound hateful, the rally permit was allowed due to freedom of speech. 'Death to Israel' rally raises free speech issues By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter The Signpost President George VV. Bush's visit to Utah from Aug. 30-31 spurred many protests and rallies in Salt Lake City. Some demonstrations ranged from the critical to what many considered hateful. Robert Breeze filed for a permit to protest, calling his rally, "Death to Israel." Salt Lake City granted the permit, stating that no matter how hateful the language was, it was still protected by the freedom of speech guaranteed by the constitution. Breeze arrived late and never set up on Washington Square at his assigned area Aug. 30. Instead he stayed across the street where he hurried to finish painting his signs. Me chuckled to himself as he added one last bullet on his list of crimes committed by Israel. - j ' f ' 1. 1 w V , v.- .... d- v'f',- - I 1 E j.-W. i , ! 1 ; 1 ,' .J ( (Left) Protest organizer and lone supporter of the "Death to Israel" rally Robert Breeze, adds to his list of crimes for which he said Israel is responsible. (Right) Arieh Copelan, a 1 4-year-olcl Jewish high school student from Nevada, holds the Israeli flag as part of the pro-Israel rally to contrast Breeze's demonstration. "Ugly women," Breeze's sign read. "Don't you get it? Israeli women are not known for their good looks," Breeze said. "This will really get them." Breeze was the sole protester at his rally and offered to pay a homeless man $10 an hour to help keep his signs from blowing over. After reading the signs, the man declined the offer. Across the street from Breeze was a group of about 20 Israel supporters who had come to counterbalance the "Death to Israel" rally. Among the supporters of the pro-Israel rally was fourteen-year- old Arieh Copelan who had driven with his father from West Wendover, Nev., to show support. Copelan was hesitant to share his name, fearing for his safety. "I don't want to be on somebody's hit list," he said. See Jabs page 6 On-campus dental clinics to the rescue in face of vanishing dental benefits By Shirrel Cooper sr. news reporter The Signpost The Weber State University Dental Hygiene Clinic is in high demand because it is the only bachelor program for dental hygiene in Utah. "We only accept 30 juniors and 30 seniors," said Stephanie Bossenberger, Dental Hygiene Clinic program director. Out of approximately 100 applicants, only 30 new students are accepted into the program each year. The program takes three years to complete, but if students take a fourth year, they can earn a bachelor's degree. The offer of a bachelor's degree is what draws many students to WSU's dental program. The Dental Hygiene Clinic began operating in 1975 and offers its services to the public. Because it is a training ground for future dental hygienists, the clinic has reduced rates. Patients can get a teeth cleaning for $28 and X-rays PHOTO BY MATT GLASS THE SIGNPOST Dr. Joe Hopkin performs dental work on his patient, Mauricio Albaredo. for $2 each film. The clinic is run by students looking to earn either a Bachelor of Science or an Associates of Science in dental hygiene. The clinic is a service both to the students attending WSU, as well as to the community. The clinic offers dental work to people of all ages, including teeth cleaning, X-rays and education on proper dental care. "Students don't always know about the clinic, so we advertise around campus and go to football games," Bossenberger said. All patients are welcome at the dental hygiene clinic, regardless of whether they attend WSU. Because they are affordable, they attract patients from places other than on campus. Weber-Midtown Dental Clinic, another dental clinic on the WSU campus, works to some extent with the Dental Hygiene Clinic. They refer patients to each other and even offer translators. The Weber-Midtown Dental Clinic works with patients in lower-income families who have no dental insurance. "Patients are determined based on family size and gross income, said Lily Gonzales, receptionist in customer service at Weber -Midtown Dental Clinic. With three dentists, Dr. Joe Hopkin, Dr. Jim Ellis and Dr. Jared Anderton, the clinic is in very high demand. With all three doctors seeing, on average, ten patients a day, the Weber-Midtown Dental Clinic is booked. "We try to see 15 new patients a month, but we can't right now because we have such a long waiting list," Dental services on campus Weber-Midtown Dental Clinic is open Monday though Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed holidays; reach them at 626-7169. The student-operated Dental Hygiene Clinic is available by appointment and can be reached at 626-6131. Gonzales said. Medicaid, a program for individuals who can't afford to pay for health care, cut off dental care for quite a few of its carriers in July, increasing the demand tor inexpensive dental care. Charging only $25 a visit, Weber-Midtown Dental Clinic assists those in need. "We have patients who are in pain who come to us with nowhere else to go," Gonzales said. "They can't afford to go to a regular dentist. They are so thankful that we are here." You can leave a message for reporter Shirrel Cooper by calling 626-7655.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-09-01, Vol. 69, No. 11|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|